July 16, 2012 09:17
Ki Sung-yueng of Scottish Premier League outfit Celtic was named one of seven Olympic footballers to watch by the British daily the Guardian on Sunday.
"He is already a key player for his country, having earned 45 caps for the senior side, so a strong showing in London this summer could earn the Celtic midfielder a lucrative move to the Premier League," the paper said.
Ki is one of Korea's leading players and Manager Hong Myung-bo has high hopes pinned on him as the Olympics begin later this month.
Ki has spent three seasons at Celtic, but he seems destined to soon join ex-Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung at Queens Park Rangers next season in London. Celtic and QPR are reportedly in the final stage of talks over Ki's transfer fee.
But Ki, who left for Britain on Sunday, remains focused on the job at hand. "The goal is to win Korea's first Olympic medal in football," he said before departing from Incheon International Airport.
At the top of the Guardian's list was Brazilian Neymar, who plays for Santos. His teammate Ganso was second.
Spain, which is dreaming of a triple crown by adding the Olympic gold to its 2010 World Cup trophy and Euro 2012 title, had Iker Muniain and Cristian Tello on the list. Mexican midfielder Javier Aquino and Uruguay's Gaston Ramirez were the other two players on the list.
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